Lectures 2018-2019


Thursday 27 September 2017 - 8.00 pm.

Foreigners in London 1570 – 1677: the artists who changed the course of British art [more details]
Lecturer: Leslie Primo
Location: DESY room 4a/b


The lecture will trace foreign artists from the Tudor period, through the Renaissance and Baroque looking at how they came to work in England – it will examine the contributions of artists such as Holbein, van Dyck and Rubens to name a few and look at how they influenced the British School of painting.


Thursday 18 October 2018 - 8.00 pm.

The Tragic Beauty of Ice: Art and Antarctica in the Heroic Age [more details]
Lecturer: Peter Warwick
Location: DESY Auditorium


The film and photography of Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley, and the paintings of Dr Edward Wilson and George Marston capture the wonderful world of Antarctica for the first time. Their images enthralled a whole nation with their beauty. They are a poignant legacy because of the hardship and tragedy that haunts them.


Thursday 15 November 2018 - 7.30 pm.

The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces: religious architecture of the world [more details]
Lecturer: Jon Cannon
Location: Anglican Church of St. Thomas Becket
Time: 7 30 pm, doors and wine bar open at 6 45 pm

This is a fund raising event for the Church and registration is required!

From Chartres cathedral to Angkor Wat, religion has been the inspiration for many of the greatest buildings of the world. Indeed, for much of human history, the story of architecture and the story of faith were synonymous. This lecture explains the architecture of each of the major faith traditions, revealing how it is shaped by their rituals and beliefs.



Thursday 17 January 2019 - 8.00 pm.

Learning from London: a legacy of riverside parks and gardens [more details]
Lecturer: Eva Henze
Location: DESY room 4a/b


This talk is inspired by the Thames Landscape Strategy - a 100-year plan for the River Thames between Hampton Court Palace and Kew. It highlights parallels to Hamburg’s western suburbs on the Elbe with their parks and gardens and is an invitation to look at well-known places afresh.


Thursday 14 February 2019 - 8.00 pm

Out of the Blue: the Story of Blue in Art [more details]
Lecturer: Alexandra Drysdale
Location: DESY Auditorium


The story of blue takes us from the lapis lazuli mines in Afghanistan to the studios of Titian, Vermeer, Hokusai, Picasso and Matisse, to name but a few. The spirituality of Blue led Kandinsky and Franz Marc to name their art movement “The Blue Rider” in 1911.


Thursday 21 March 2019 - 8.00 pm.

Art of the Kimono: Japanese Signs, Symbols and Stories [more details]
Lecturer: Suzanne Perrin
Location: DESY Auditorium


We trace the Art of the Kimono from the many layered robes of court dress, through changing styles that encompassed intricate and bold design that wove signs, symbols and stories into the fabrics that people wore during the Edo period from the early 1600s to the mid-1900s. 


Thursday 11 April 2019 - 8.00 pm.

AGM followed by
Eating with Queen Victoria: a Greedy Queen [more details]
Lecturer: Annie Gray
Location: DESY Auditorium


Voracious and adventurous in her tastes, Queen Victoria was head of state during a revolution in how we ate - from the highest tables to the most humble. A Greedy Queen considers Britain's most iconic monarch from a new perspective, telling the story of British food along the way.


Thursday 20 June 2019 - at 8.00 pm

The woman who ate her husband: the "Mona Lisa" and the art of Leonardo [more details]
Lecturer: Nicole Mezey
Location: DESY Auditorium

The 'Mona Lisa' is both mesmerising and tantalising. So much about it is mysterious, but one thing is clear: in a life studded with unfinished projects, this was one which Leonardo not only completed, but kept with him until his death, because in it he addressed and realised so many of the themes which are at the core of his work.



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